by Molly Beverly

A native American trio flavored with smoky roasted peppers. Makes 4 servings.

1 poblano or Anaheim chile pepper
1 pound zucchini cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
2/3 cup cream or evaporated milk
1/2 pound cooked chicken, diced OR 6 ounces jack cheese diced (optional)

Roast pepper under the broiler or over a gas burner until skin is black and bubbly all over. Rinse in cold water, then slip the skin off. Remove seeds and stem.

Chop coarsely.

In a large pan heat the oil. Add the zucchini and fry for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until browned. Remove zucchini and set aside. Add to pan corn, chile and onion. Sauté until browned, stirring occasionally.

Just before serving add cream, zucchini, chicken (optional) and salt and simmer a few minutes. Add cheese (optional) and remove from heat. Serve immediately with rice.